WRITTEN BY: SHEANA DAVIS
On the same day, we happened to be tasting wines from La Prenda Vineyards for our virtual upcoming cheese and wine classes, so it was quite convenient to have 12 bottles of wine open. We tasted all the wines with the cookies and narrowed our pairings down.
Support your local Girl Scouts, your local cheesemakers and winemakers. Here are our tasting notes. Enjoy!
1. Do-Si-Dos, Valley Ford Estero Gold, a drizzle of honey & 95476 Chardonnay
The Do-si-dos, with the richness of Valley Ford Estero Gold combined with the buttery Chardonnay, was a perfect dessert.
2. Thin Mints, the Epicurean Connection Delice de la Vallee or Laura Chenel chevre & 95476 Brut Secco
This was like eating brunch. Bubbles and Thin Mints with a spread of Delice de la Vallee on top was a meant to be pairing.
3. Toffee-Tastic, Point Reyes Toma, Happy Wife Red Blend
The Toffee-tastic cookies really brought out the caramel flavor in the Toma along with the nice light style of Happy Wife Red will be perfect for an afternoon tasting, as the 3 were really meant to be a pairing. The wine has aromas of mixed berry pie and warm vanilla spice and has just enough oak and soft tannins to make it a substantial red.
4. Samoas, WM Cofield Cheddar & Sonoma Collection Pinot Noir
The Samoa was ready to pair with a Pinot Noir and be finished off with a piece of the earthy and delicious cheddar. This would make a great cheese board and paired with Carneros pinot noir with its medium body, dry and smooth, with plenty of acidity. It won Double Gold in 2020 at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
5. Tagalongs, Nicasio Reserve, 95476 Malbec
The wine was the lead on this pairing, as it brought out the flavor of the cookies, and the Nicasio Reserve balanced out the sweet and savory flavors. This was a beauty. Nicasio Reserve is a classic Swiss-Italian mountain cheese with a rich flavor, refined and luxurious, aged at least five months.
6. Trefoils, Lucy A Goat Milk Brie, Dried Fruits & Happy Wife Rose
The shortbread style cookies, Trefoils, were perfect with dried fruits and a Rose; the flavors all balanced together.
7. Girl Scout S’mores, Marin French Petit Blue & Fifth Hill Pickberry
S’mores go with anything, especially a Petit Blue and a Pickberry, a rich and full-bodied wine. The Petite Blue is best described as a cross between a brie and a blue cheese, a mold-ripened triple crème cheese. Pickberry is the name of a vineyard near Glen Ellen in Sonoma, and the wine is typically a blend of reds like merlot, cabernet sauvingon, cabernet franc and petite verdot